Biography

Senator Jeff Smith has served in the State Senate since 2019. Senator Smith has worked tirelessly in his community on public education opportunities, health care access and affordability, redistricting reform, protections for water and helping people run for elected office.

Senator Smith served the Eau Claire region as a small business owner. He operated a window cleaning business for 30 years. Senator Smith’s community involvement runs deep, and he is proud to represent rural western Wisconsin in the State Senate.

Senator Smith served on the Brunswick Town Board as Chair for 6 years. He was active with the Governor’s Task Force for Educational Excellence, the Wisconsin Parent Teacher Association Board, the Department of Public Instruction’s Parent Leadership Corps and the Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools.

Senator Smith was later elected to the State Assembly and served during the 2007 and 2009 legislative sessions. Senator Smith was Chair of the Assembly Committee on Elections and Campaign Reform. Jeff was a leader in the State Assembly on reforming payday lending regulations, puppy mill regulations and voter rights protections.

Senator Smith was elected Minority Caucus Chair for the 2021-22 legislative session. Senator Smith currently serves as the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Elections, Election Process Reform & Ethics and the Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Small Business & Rural Issues. He also serves as member of the Agriculture & Tourism Committee; the Education Committee; the Government Operations, Legal Review & Consumer Protection Committee and the Utilities, Technology & Telecommunications Committee.

Today, Senator Jeff Smith and his wife Sue live on their farm in the Town of Brunswick caring for horses, chickens, dogs, cats, a llama and their land. Emily, their oldest daughter, lives in Tennessee working with horses and their owners. Their youngest daughter, Sarah, lives in Monona and is committed to her career in public service.